Letter carriers sponsor 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive

(Source: Stamp OUt Hunger/Facebook)
(Source: Stamp OUt Hunger/Facebook)

(KFVS/AP) - Letter carriers added extra duties on Saturday for a good cause.

Letter carriers say today is the largest single-day food drive in the country, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May.

The drive is called "Stamp Out Hunger."

People were asked to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, this was the 20th annual food drive.

Officials say it is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Last year, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to more than 1.1 billion pounds for the NALC's food drive, which began in 1992, according to a news release.

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